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Comparative Law

2nd Edition


Part of Law in Context

  • Date Published: April 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107182417

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  • Comparative Law offers a thorough grounding in the subject for students and scholars of comparative law alike, critically debating both traditional and modern approaches to the subject and using examples from a range of legal systems gives the reader a truly global perspective. Covering essential academic debates and comparative law methodology, its contextualised approach draws on examples from politics, economics and development studies to provide an original contribution to topics of comparative law. This new edition: is fully revised and updated throughout to reflect contemporary research, contains more examples from many areas of law and there is also an increased discussion of the relevance of regional, international, transnational and global laws for comparative law. Suitable for students taking courses in comparative law and related fields, this book offers a fresh contextualised and cosmopolitan perspective on the subject.

    • Revised and updated throughout to reflect contemporary research
    • Further practical examples illustrate how the subject can be applied
    • Offers a global perspective by referencing various legal systems
    • Includes online supplement, available at
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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: April 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107182417
    • length: 528 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 180 x 27 mm
    • weight: 1.19kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus. 21 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Traditional Comparative Law:
    2. The comparative legal method
    3. Common law and civil law
    4. Mapping the world's legal systems
    Part II. Extending the Methods of Comparative Law:
    5. Postmodern comparative law
    6. Socio-legal comparative law
    7. Numerical comparative law
    Part III. Global Comparative Law:
    8. Legal transplants
    9. Convergence, regionalisation, and internationalisation
    10. From transnational law to global law
    11. Comparative law and development
    Part IV. Comparative Law as an Open Subject:
    12. Implicit comparative law
    13. Reflections and outlook.

  • Author

    Mathias Siems, University of Durham
    Mathias Siems is a Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Durham. He is also a Research Associate at the Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge, a Research Associate at the London Centre for Corporate Governance and Ethics, Birkbeck, University of London, and an Invited Fellow at the Maastricht European Law Institute. He has previously held positions as professor at the University of East Anglia, reader at the University of Edinburgh, associate professor at the Riga Graduate School of Law, Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Law School, and Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. Support for the first edition of this book was provided by the Philip Leverhulme Prize 2010.

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